Let me see if I can get this right: You find out you’re expecting and are absolutely overjoyed! So you get on Pinterest and start looking up all the baby and pregnancy things, which leads you to scoping out gorgeous maternity photos. Through your scrolling, there’s couple after couple dressed to the nines and being uber romantic, and then you see it– THE dress! You know which one I’m talking about. The gown that flatters her bump, is soft and glamorous, and makes mom look like a freakin’ goddess!
There are tons of inexpensive options out there for maternity photo shoot gowns, but I’m going to be real for a second– many of the fancier dresses flatter ALL shapes and sizes, and they simply photograph better. Pregnancy is such a beautiful, special time in your life, so it makes sense that you’ll want to get dressed up and feel glamorous (especially when your little has his feet in your ribs and your back is constantly aching). You’ll be able to look back on this journey with fondness and think, “dang, I looked AMAZING while expecting!”
When it comes to flattering your bump, I’ve got a few trade secrets that’ll help you feel classic and beautiful!
First, the dress silhouette makes a huge difference! Look for longer dresses with a tie-waist or empire waist, as they’ll keep your top looking slim but still emphasize your growing belly. Flowy fabrics (like chiffon, tulle, silk and stone washed linen) conceal underwear lines and add a soft, organic feel to your portraits!
If possible, avoid tight or thin fabrics, as they show bra lines, poked-out belly buttons and can make you feel restricted. We want you to feel free and effortless, not stiff and uncomfortable!
Second (but equally important) is color choice. This right here will determine the overall look and feel of your final images. My style is light, natural and organic, so my clients typically choose light and neutral colors. Think of the beach at sunrise: softer colors like ivory, pale blue, dusty blush, and sand photograph beautifully and will bring the focus on sharing your story!
When the outfits are the focal point of your portraits, the intimacy of pregnancy and motherhood is diminished. Which we definitely do not want!
To save you the trouble of hunting down the best of the best, I compiled the top 5 most flattering maternity dresses for your stunning motherhood session! Check them out below!
ASOS- Maya Blush Sequin Maternity Gown
This gown is for the mom who loves a little sparkle! Soft tulle will bring sophistication to balance out the sequins, and it’s perfect for twirling! Plus, blush is flattering for most complexions and is soft and dreamy. ASOS also carries petite sizes for those who are a little vertically challenged. 😀
Pink Blush Maternity- Lace Overlay V-Neck Maxi Dress
This is probably my favorite maternity dress of all time! Warm white lace-overlays a soft knit fabric that smooths bumps and conceals undergarment lines. It’s perfect for the mom who wants to look organic and natural (and who really loves neutral tones). Pink Blush maternity is high-quality stuff, so you can wear this dress forever…even after pregnancy!
TiffMarieMaternity- Light blue wrap maxi dress
I couldn’t resist Tiff Marie’s dresses when I was looking for my own photo shoot gown! Made of a soft knit in whimsical colors, this nursing-friendly wrap dress is perfection! It’s best for the mom who’s looking to show off her bump a little more casually, but still look put together and effortless! Pair with a floral crown for a bigger statement! It also looks just as gorgeous after pregnancy, so you can wear it for your family session, too.
Motherhood Maternity- Crochet Detail Maxi Dress
For the summer-loving moms who want to add a beachy touch to their portraits, this dress is for you! Soft cotton with crochet detail will bring the Charleston vibes and help you to stay cool during the warmer months. Pair with a flower crown or woven sun hat for a bigger impact that says, “summer glam, here I come”!
And there you have it! The most flattering maternity dresses out there for moms who want to look and feel like the best versions of themselves. Ready to schedule your glamorous maternity session? Go ahead and fill out that pretty little contact form and tell me all about you!